Why Don’t They Just Get In Line? | Immigration Policy Center
A solid explanation of why the current immigration system is inadequate for the needs of the United States and for the immigrants who are here in legal status who wish to bring their family here to live with them. It is a long article with a great deal of information in it.
To me the most stunning fact in here is that the total number of persons allowed to legally immigrate to the United States is 675,000 per year including both family and employment based visas. Now that seems like a big number I suppose, until you realize that the population of the United States is about 314 million or about one person per square mile. So the annual allotment for immigration is about .002% of our current population.
At that rate we will double the US Population in a mere 465 years to 2 people per square mile. A frightening prospect perhaps for those Malthusians and other Zero Population Growth sympathizers. However, it is really just a drop in the bucket demographically, and that number could easily be doubled or tripled without ill effect if done properly.
Sometimes there is no path for those who wish to come to the United States legally; or sometimes the path requires a 12 - 20 year wait which is also effectively "no path". Not everyone can come to live in the United States. But if someone has family here or has skills and education which are in demand -- we ought to find a way for them to get here legally in short order rather than make the choice: come illegally or don't' come at all.